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Every spring and summer, when I find myself in a wooded area, I happily dig through the ground cover looking for my favorite newt.  The red-spotted newt to be exact!  I’ve always known them as red efts, which apparently refers to their land-dwelling juvenile stage.  Who knew?

 

Hey there good-lookin'!

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I really wish I could be on a vacation right now, but since I can’t here are some pictures form a cruise my husband and I took back in 2008.  Wow, it feels like this past winter but it was quite a few years ago!

 

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Well it was gray and rainy, but isn’t that New England for you?

 

After a brief butt rub.

What adventure would be complete with out a furry friend?

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My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on Sunday.  This year has gone by pretty fast!  And there have been lots of changes – some good and some heartbreaking.  We’ve made friends, we’ve lost family, hell we even got new family!  We’ve molded our house into something more like a home and we’ve found a sort of balancing point with all these crazy animals.

It’s not always easy, but I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us, together.

Love ya, hot pants!

 

Note: black eye acquired during racquetball.

So shortly into kitten season we find ourselves diving into Adopt-A-Cat month!

 

Adopt-A-Cat Promotion

 

Brought to you in June by American Humane Association

Spring … season of tulips, lilies, daffodils – and cat adoptions!

Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat — or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!

“TOP TEN” CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT

  1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
  2. Find a cat whose personality meches with yours.
  3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
  4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home.
  5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat.
  6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
  7. Cat-proof your home.
  8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.
  9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan.
  10. If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process.

For more information on how you can help, please visit the Adopt-A-Cat Month! website.

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